Park Avenue to Crack Alley

I have been fortunate enough to work and live in Manhattan.  I loved every minute of living there.  I once called the police at 2am because there was a fist fight literally in the middle of First Avenue.  The desk sergeant asked me, “is anyone down?” I said no.  He asked me, “Is anyone bleeding?”  I said “from the height of my apartment window, I do not believe so.”  He then asked me, “then why the hell are you calling…

Women are from Venus

I spent this past weekend with three spectacular women, each in their own right: my sister, a long time wonderful friend and her sister. Each year we spend these three days shopping at the outlets in PA; I guess, what would be the equivalent of a guy’s weekend in Vegas.  We have made this trek through 3 pregnancies and a miscarriage, I think about 12 surgeries between us and sadly, a divorce.  Women talk, unlike men about everything from menopause to…

Time Flies

My 30 year high school reunion is this year. I really do not believe it.  My kids gave me satellite radio for the car for Mother's Day and I am stuck on the "70"s on 7".  I don't know why but I kept thinking that was my 'mother's music' until I heard my prom theme and then it hit me. Holy smokes, time flies!Now I had my kids late in life and after 3 years of fertility treatments, hormone drugs…

Stick with your own kind……

This past week I celebrated my 21st wedding anniversary. I married a great guy and have been blessed.  I am 100% Italian…he is only 50%.  I never told my grandfather that he was not all Italian. It would have broken his heart! Now, that may sound terrible but my grandfather explained to me that it is easier with “your own kind”.  You share common values, religion and a history of traditions that you both were raised with like in my…

Imported or Domestic

Are we talking about wine, cars, beer or even rare works of art? No. we are talking about food.I was recently on vacation at a beautiful home we rent in the Finger Lakes. We love it there and we all have a ball. (Even though it rained for the entire week) Anyway, our main focus was not about the clothing we needed or board games and puzzles for rainy days. We needed to have food, and the good stuff.Auntie Lou…